By Kelly O'Brien
Model, author and former Miss World, Rosanna Davison has had to deal with a lot of hateful comments in the aftermath of ‘gluten-gate’ but public backlash to the “outrageous comments” is totally understandable, she said.
The 31-year-old came under fire after an article in a Sunday newspaper in which she appeared to suggest gluten causes conditions such as autism, arthritis and schizophrenia. Ms Davison has since said her comments were misrepresented.
“Oh the ‘gluten-gate’ controversy. Well that just went back to an interview I did two weeks ago where it was miscommunicated and in the interview it said that I apparently said that gluten causes and cures a variety of conditions or diseases, which is not what I said at all, I was explaining in the interview that there are certain areas of research and medical science that suggest a possible link between gluten and a series of conditions or diseases. I don’t think that’s controversial,” she said.
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“The reaction was understandable. It did seem like a very outrageous claim to make, I can understand why people reacted to it.”
But there’s no such thing as bad press, it seems, if the crowds at Ms Davison’s latest book signing, at Eason on Patrick’s Street in Cork, are anything to go by. Alice McAlister, Eason’s book manager, said Eat Yourself Beautiful is in high demand.
“Last year we had the Derval O’Rourke book with the same style of cooking for health and nutrition and fitness so there’s obviously a market for that,” she said.
Michael O’Sullivan, from Gurranabraher, was the first fan in line and had been queuing for over an hour to get his own book signed while Mary Barrett, from Bandon, bought a signed copy for her daughter.
Margaret Coleman, from Whitechurch, hailed Ms Davison a “great inspiration” and brought her daughter Lillian and her son James down to the event.
“I’m a big fan of Rosanna and I love following all her recipes. I’ve made a few; they’re gorgeous,” she said.
Nicki Howard, from publisher Gill & Macmillan, accompanied Ms Davison around Cork at the weekend and said they got “a very warm reception”.
This story first appeared in the Irish Examiner